The Czech Republic Men’s National Team announced on Monday that Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jan Hejda will be an alternate captain at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.
Hejda joins fellow nationals Jakub Voracek (captain) and Jaromir Jagr (alternate) as the club’s leadership core for the tournament.
The 36-year-old Avs veteran was officially named to the team on Friday as part of an extended roster announcement that included Voracek (Philadelphia Flyers) and Jagr (Florida Panthers), as well as other NHL notables, including Ondrej Pavelec (Winnipeg Jets), Tomas Hertl (San Jose Sharks) and Martin Erat (Arizona Coyotes).
Hejda signed with the Avalanche as a free agent prior to the start of the 2011-12 season. Since then, he’s accrued 59 points (13 goals, 46 assists) in 286 regular-season games with the organization.
Hejda last represented his country in international play at the 2013 tournament.
The 2015 World Championship runs May 1-17 in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic and features 12 days of preliminary games and three days of elimination contests.
The Czech’s have a history of strong play in the event, having earned medals—six gold, five bronze and one silver—in the last 22 years of competition. The last time the country hosted the World Championship was in 2004.